By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel/WBC
This Saturday at the Arena Coliseo in Mexico City, a professional boxing show will be presented by Boxeo de Gala. The Arena Coliseo is known as Mexico’s “Boxing Cathedral” and is one of the oldest boxing arenas. WBCBoxing.tv will present a live webcast – free of charge – on Saturday at 10:30PM CT. The webcast is not available in Mexico.
In the main event – scheduled for 12 rounds WBC Silver bantamweight champion Cristian “El Italiano” Esquivel, 20-2 with 14 knockouts, of Teomoya, Mexico, will make his first defense of the title against Eduardo “El Bambino” Garcia, 21-5-1 with 9 knockouts, of Naucalpan, Mexico. The bout is also a final eliminator to determine the mandatory challenger for the WBC bantamweight world title.
The 24 year-old Esquivel, ranked No. 2 by the WBC, won the vacant WBC Silver title with a 12 round unanimous decision against Tshifhiwa Munyai of South Africa in his last fight on August 7, 2010. It was his ninth win in a row, seven by knockout.
Garcia, now 30 years old, is undefeated – 5-0-1 with 3 knockouts – in his six fights since his last loss in December, 2006. He is ranked No. 8 by the WBC.
Also featured on the webcast, WBC Silver strawweight champion Ganigan Lopez, 15-4 with 10 knockouts, of Mexico City, will make his first defense of the title against Armando Torres, 15-7 with 10 knockouts, also of Mexico City, scheduled for 12 rounds.
Lopez, a 29 year-old lefthander, is ranked No. 2 by the WBC. Torres, also 29 years old, currently holds the WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) strawweight title and is ranked No. 10 by the WBC.
The fights will be televised live in Mexico on Televisa-Channel 5 at 10:30 P.M. (22:30 hrs) Central Time.
WBCBoxing.tv webcasts are also available for viewing at any time in the archives on both WBCBoxing.tv and Suljos.tv. On the player at the bottom of the video, select the “Free On Demand” button to see the archived choices.